Moral Underpinnings of Voluntarism among Young People

Project Number: 
910316
Start Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 1991
End Date: 
Saturday, December 31, 1994
Abstract: 

Robert Coles of Harvard University examined the nature of altruism in young people. Coles sought to understand the moral, psychological, and spiritual sources and consequences of voluntarism among young people. Coles conducted in-depth interviews with young volunteers involved in a wide range of programs in order to learn why young people volunteer and how such experiences shape their lives.

Coles published the finding of his study in a book titled, “A Call to Service: Witness to Idealism” (Mariner Books, 1994).

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